The Prosperous Countryside
Between Utrecht and Amsterdam lies one of the natural treasures of the Netherlands. The beautiful nature of the Vechtstreek (Vecht region) has attracted people for centuries. You can sail or cycle along the river Vecht, which stretches from the province of Utrecht to Noord-Holland. As you explore the prosperous countryside you’ll notice an abundance of water, flora and fauna, castles and fortresses of the New Dutch Waterline.
Castles of the Vechtstreek
During the Golden Age (a prosperous period in the Netherlands in the 17th century), the Vecht river became a residential area for nobility and the rich. Nowadays, the Vechtstreek boasts castles, stately mansions, parks and tea houses. The best way to discover the prosperity of the Vecht region is by boat or bicycle.
However, one of the country's most famous Medieval castle is the Rijksmuseum Muiderslot in Muiden. This stronghold on the estuary of the Vecht was built around 1280 and is open to visitors. Another well-known castle is the Zuylen Castle, which was built around 1520 on medieval remains. The 19th century English style garden is one of those hidden gems along the Vecht.
Lakes of the Vechtstreek
The Vecht river is connected to two lakes; the Loosdrechtse Plassen and Vinkeveense Plassen. The Loosdrechtse Plassen boasts many yacht harbors, sailing schools and other companies related to water sport. You can swim, sail or surf in Loosdrecht. The Vinkeveense Plassen (Lakes of Vinkeveen) counts 12 islands fully equipped for outdoor recreation. The water is ideal for sailing, diving and water skiing.
Another great feature of this area are the many fruit orchards in the Vechtstreek. For just a small price you can buy the most delicious apples, pears, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, red berries and plums. Some gardens ask a small fee after which you can gather as much fruit as you can carry.
Muiderslot Ulrike Grafberger, Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Dipping into the Middle Ages